According to the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, “Water is life and influences the course of human development within the eco-system. Availability of water in the right quantity and quality affects the production of food, industrial development, recreation, power production and all that lend to sustain human existence. In Nigeria, improved access to potable water supply and basic sanitation are the challenges all the government of the federation are facing as we strive to meet the stated MDG target” she said.
Since last year when members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Aba Branch, boycotted the court of Justice Theresa Uzokwe of the State High Court 2 in Aba Judicial Division over some issues, there has been no love lost between the lawyers and the judge. The disagreement came to a climax last week when the lawyers prevented Justice Theresa Uzokwe from presiding over a special court session in honour of their late former chairman, Chief Simeon Ihekwoazu.
It is intended to boost tourism in the oil-rich Delta State in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The Garden of 95 Trees in Asaba International Airport, which is nearing completion, has been named after the anti-apartheid icon and former president of South Africa, Madiba Nelson Mandela, to commemorate his 95th birthday.
The Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, last week said he would appeal to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to allow the reintroduction of checkpoints along roads between Edo and its neighbouring states to stem the rampaging activities of kidnappers. He also admonished citizens to have faith in the efforts of his government and security operatives in reversing the trend.
Bayelsa State has commenced distribution of vitamin A-enriched cassava in the state to improve the health and well-being of the people. The state’s commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, Dr. Thomas Commander, said the new variety of cassava cutting being distributed in local government areas, took place recently.
Mrs. Ifeyinwa Okonkwo popular known as ‘Madam Rock’ from Agulu Uzoigbo in Anambra State, is an automobile mechanic in Zuba, Niger State, not too far from Abuja, the capital city. The lady mechanic is married to Mr. Chidiebere Okonkwo, who hails from the same state as her.
The riding of motorcycle otherwise called in local parlance as ‘okada’, by women is very common in some rural communities of Delta State in the South-South geopolitical zone of the country. Women riding okada is common in communities such as Abavo, Agbor, Owa-Oyibo, Umunede, Ekwuoma, Akumazi, Owa-Alero all along Ika and Ndokwa as well as Obiaruku, Umutu, Kwale, Amai and Ogume.
For many oil communities in the Niger Delta region renown for violence and unrest until recently, the global memorandum of understanding, GMoU, which is a written statement of understanding between an oil company and a group (or cluster) of several communities detailing roles of all parties in the implementation of community development plans, represents a significant move in approach. This places emphasis on more visible and responsible processes of bringing about development in the region.
The main opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, Wednesday, formally opened talks with the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, as part of its preparation to mobilise and elicit support ahead of the 2015 general elections. The party’s national vice chairman (North-East), Alhaji Umaru Duhu, who was a guest of Nyako, at the Government House, presented what is referred to as “goron gayyata”, which in Hausa means an official invitation to the governor.
Sunday, October 13 was a nightmare in Benue State as the day witnessed the spilling of the blood of about 30 of its citizens. While one was caused by an attack by suspected Fulani marauders, the other was as a result of vehicular accident.
The attack by the suspected marauders took place in Agatu Local Government Area. The area has witnessed unwarranted attacks from Fulani invaders in recent times resulting in the death of many and the displacement of thousands of others due to the destruction of their homes and farms.